Our home study phase is so close to being done that I can feel it. Literally. A draft of our home study is now in our hands so that we can go over the factual errors and send back our corrections back. It is not the last step – we have to wait for clearances to come back from our home states as well as set up an appointment to get new medical checkups. But our life insurance policies have been approved and it is all coming together. So almost.

Close enough that D and I are going to start prepping our I800-A application so it is ready to go to USCIS as soon as it can be sent. And while we are waiting, we will be working on our dossier. Mostly we have a lot of the paperwork, we just need to get it apostilled. That can take awhile, so I’ll be sending out things like my birth certificates and our marriage license to my home state to be apostilled, while working to take our local documents (bank affidavits, medical forms) to the county house to be apostilled there.

I also need to send a new application in for my passport straight away – my current passport still has my maiden name and the dossier must have every piece of paperwork in the same name. Tomorrow will properly be the day for me to go to the post office and take care of that at least.

With each day, D is getting more and more eager to finally have kids that we can play with. He is already wanting us to prep for adopting our second (since it takes so long, we may need to start the process shortly after coming back from SA). When he brings it up, I laugh and ask him to concentrate on getting this adoption finalized first. I had to pick him up from the airport late late last night (D was abroad for work) and had visions of our family a year or two from now, with a little one waiting eagerly for daddy to come through immigration. Scenes like this play over and over in my mind as I scramble to graduate and finish our adoption paperwork all in one month. It brings a smile to my face. We are so ready for this family to grow.


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